10-man Wolves restrict Rotherham to an opening day stalemate

Goals from Danny Ward and debutant Will Vaulks put Rotherham 2-0 ahead but replies from George Saville and Jón Daði Böðvarsson gave 10-man Wolves a draw on the opening day.

The Millers were brilliant for the first 30 minutes of the game and they took advantage of this by taking the lead after just nine minutes.

New signing Anthony Forde swung in a pinpoint cross in the direction of Danny Ward, who rose the highest as his glancing header found the bottom corner.

After 20 minutes, some neat build-up play eventually saw the ball drop to Will Vaulks. His first touch got the ball out of his feet before seeing his well struck effort hit the back of the net from 25-yards out to give the midfielder a dream debut.

The home side were in control but Wolves were gifted a way back into the game as a result of some lacklustre defending from the Millers backline.

Rotherham failed to spot the midfield run of George Saville which left him free to roam into the box before he rounded Lee Camp and finished calmly to pull a goal back for his side.

Wolves continued as they left off in the first half in the second, they threatened Rotherham as they grew in confidence. While Alan Stubbs’ side persisted with their newfound ideology of trying to play football with the help of the increased amount of quality in midfield areas at their disposal after this summers recruitment.

The big moment of the game came after 52 minutes when Wolves were reduced to 10 men. A Wolves corner was easily collected by Lee Camp, who sought to find Rotherham’s new record-buy, Jon Taylor with an early ball up the field.

The winger got the better of Dominic Iorfa and he was looking to get a shot on goal until the defender pulled Taylor back and with him being the last man, he was dismissed leaving Wolves with a hill to climb.

This did not derail Wolves as they grabbed a well deserved equaliser after 65 minutes.

Joao Teixeira broke from the half-way line and the home side failed to challenge him as he was allowed to lay the ball onto Böðvarsson, who finished superbly into the top corner to equalise for his new side.

Rotherham and Wolves looked for a winner as the game drew to a close but it finished 2-2 and each team had to settle for an opening day draw, which was a fair result.

Both sides impressed showing signs that they can be in for positive seasons.

Wolves will inevitably improve as more players come through the door with the help of their newfound spending power as they seek to make a play-off push under new ownership.

Rotherham will be greatly pleased with parts of their play yesterday and the fans will surely be welcoming the way in which Stubbs is implementing his methods by playing more football. A few more signings are needed but this game was a promising start for the South Yorkshire outfit.

Rotherham United manager, Alan Stubbs gave his post-match thoughts whilst speaking with the BBC’s Jonathan Buchan:

I thought that we showed some good moments in the game, I thought that we looked a real threat especially in the first 25-30 minutes –  I thought that we dominated the game. Then I thought, more often than not, that we caused ourselves one or two problems by not doing the things that we did so well in the first 30 minutes.

The newly appointed Wolves manager, Walter Zenga, also offered his opinion on how his sides’ Championship opener went for his side:

It’s very nice, sometimes you win, sometimes you learn, today I learned! The stadium was full, it was a nice game. It’s amazing. If we’d have lost it might have been different. Even in the second half when we had 10, we refused to lose. That is the most important thing. I think we deserved to draw.



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